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A pedestrian offers a donation to Salvation Army bell ringer John Maday, who was volunteering with Rich Kramer, center, and Neil Young, left, who brought his therapy donkeys in front of Boscov's on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP) ** FILE **

The enduring spirit and optimism of the American people

On this Christmas Day, if we were to reflect on the last few years, we would recall the unending attacks on our character and motivations by the political and media establishments. During this time of gratitude and reflection, I'm sure that we agree to once and for all reject the evil cartoonish versions of ourselves perpetuated by a jealous and panicked establishment and instead focus on who we really are.

Illustration on coming deregulation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

All aboard for deregulation

Some of the greatest policy accomplishments of the Trump administration thus far have come in the regulatory sphere.

The Terrorism in Nigeria Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Strained Christmas joy in Nigeria

At the referee's whistle, the teams thought the match was over, as celebratory firecrackers popped, but in seconds they realized something was horribly wrong.

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The war against Christians

Grinch that I am, in the days leading up to Christmas I immersed myself in "The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey's Destruction of its Christian Minorities, 1894-1924."

'Peace on Earth, good will to men'

The carol that we now know as "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" was originally a poem called "Christmas Bells" written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the Civil War. It is a song of hope that was born of despair.

Christian worshippers light candles at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) ** FILE **

Christian clash a Christmas miracle

- The Washington Times

Christianity Today, in an editorial calling for the ouster of President Donald Trump, sure has unleashed a firestorm. Good. It's good to see Christians getting in the political game. And so passionately so. A great awakening of America dawns.

This 1860-75 photo made available by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman. (Harvey B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP) **FILE**

Christmas and Harriet Tubman

- The Washington Times

So, on Christmas Eve 1854, she again trekked from Philadelphia, where she was safe -- relatively speaking, of course -- to Maryland, where her parents and three brothers were enslaved. Her brothers knew she was on her way, because she had sent word via the agents and conductors of the Underground Railroad.

AC-130 H/U GUNSHIP                                                                                      

An AC-130U gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron, jettisons flares over an area near Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 20, 2008. The flares are a countermeasure for heat-seeking missiles that may be launched at the aircraft during real world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

The Air Force needs more aircraft now

The Air Force can bring firepower to bear much faster than its sister services and can take out targets in the air, on land and at sea. But just how much air power does the nation need?

Illustration on President Trump's effect on Washington by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The impeachment paradox

By voting last week to impeach President Donald Trump, House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi abandoned the U.S. Constitution, thumbed their noses at due process and attempted to cancel the votes of the 63 million Americans who elected him president.

Economic Sanctions on China Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump can discipline China's 'bad actors' by using Reagan's Soviet solution

As the baseless impeachment proceedings grind on, the president is demonstrating his leadership and negotiating skills with the first steps of a trade deal with China. That has forced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to — finally — agree to approve the Canada-Mexico-U.S. trade agreement (USMCA) she has sat on for a year to America's detriment.

Illustration on relations between Putin and Trump by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ignored evidence from a Kremlin insider

The Mueller report revealed that the one true Putin intimate, testifying under oath before the FBI, cast serious doubt on Vladimir Putin's preference for Donald Trump. Was this crucial fact ignored because it rejects the "Putin prefers Trump" narrative at the core of the anti-Trump movement?

Illustration on Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Message by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Christmas unites, whatever your background

Mercifully, the country seems less paralyzed than formerly by the cancer of political correctness, so I'll unapologetically wish anyone reading, a Merry Christmas.

Gifts for a Service Family Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Grieving at Christmas

"It's the most wonderful time of the year," Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls.

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